Boston Globe Pinheads Bring Back Zippy!

As the hardreading staff painstakingly chronicled, the Boston Globe dropped Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead comic strip last August. At the time of the Zipectomy, we had this to say about the management at the stately local broadsheet:

 

Boston Globe editor Brian (Hey – let’s reimagine the paper! We can use John Henry’s garage!) McGrory has now become a first-ballot entry into the Comic Strip Hall of Shame.

 

Well, we officially take that back, because Zippy himself is back. McGrory’s media culpa appears on page 2 of today’s Globe.

 

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From our Before ‘n’ After desk, here are Saturday’s comics pages.

 

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And here are today’s.

 

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And the triumphant return of Zippy.

 

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We’d like to think we had something to do with the Globe’s coming to its senses, but we doubt that’s the case. Still, live and let learn, that’s our slogan.

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9 Responses to Boston Globe Pinheads Bring Back Zippy!

  1. Brian says:

    So that’s what was added, but what was cut?

    • Mike says:

      Day 1 and 2 of the two new strips – awful, just awful.

      Here are the six that are gone:

      Monty – a big loss
      Big Nate – a loss
      Frazz – too smug for its own good
      Heart of the City – no loss
      Prickly City – addition by subtraction
      Cornered – meh

  2. Mike says:

    I read the comics every day. I’d say this latest net loss of 3 strips results in a very mixed bag of changes. Not a pinhead fan, and just based on Days 1 and 2, the two new strips look awful.

    I think these are the 6 that were cut, in the order they used to appear:

    Monty – a big loss
    Big Nate – a personal loss, one of the few strips my son and I shared
    Frazz – too smug for its own good
    Heart of the City – no loss
    Prickly City – addition by subtraction
    Cornered – no loss

    Can someone explain how 30-year old reruns of the sexist, humorless For Better or For Worse still has page space? Do they pay the papers to run it?

    I guess I’ll get used to the new lineup – I can be happy there are still a page and a half, for now….

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Yeah, Mike – I liked Monty too (although I remember when the strip started out as Robotman and Monty was the hapless sidekick).

      The rest go pretty much unlamented at the Global Worldwide Headquarters of Two-Daily Town.

    • Doc says:

      I agree 100% with your list. My kids loved Big Nate. I read the comics daily, also, even the ones I don’t like. I could do without Heart of the City and Prickly City for sure, but Monty was probably my favorite.

      Re-runs of For Better or For Worse are horrible, and Doonesbury is crappier the second time around.

  3. Bill from Salem, MA says:

    Cause for celebration becomes cause for cancellation with the loss of Monty, the most consistently clever and laugh-out-loud strip they had. Start the crusade!

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